There are many great places to grab a bite for lunch in the Queen and Spadina area, but here are a few of my weekly (relatively cheap) staples.
Burrito Bandidos – 120 Peter St.
Best burritos in Toronto. Try their steak or chicken burritos which are modestly priced at $5.65. While other establishments will nickle and dime you for adding extra fillings, you get it all here…yummy avocado, sour cream, beans and rice.
Ghandi’s Cuisine – 554 Queen St. W.
Tried the Chicken Jalfrizi and Chicken Tikka Masala rotis, but my favourite so far is their famous Butter Chicken roti. It’s pricey at $13, but it’s enough food for two people or a left over meal for tomorrow’s lunch! They have many veggie options and speaking of which, I have been meaning to try their Malai Kofta roti which alot of people rave about as well.
Craft Burger – 134 King St. W.
While not the healthiest lunch in the world, it’s definitely up there as one of the tastiest. Opt for getting a $6 burger sans fries and you can cut down on the guilt factor. Their burgers are top notch and quite filling just on their own.
New York Subway – 520 Queen St. W.
Usually spend $4 and get a yummy, but non traditional Chicken Burrito. I’ve also tried their hot grilled subs which are not only huge, but pretty tasty with exotic toppings like spiced potatoes.
Double Dragon – 147 Spadina Ave
Have tried a few of their Chinese-Canadian dishes, but they’ve been lackluster to say the least. That said, I love their Lemongrass Chicken ($7) which is served with noodles, and veggies (why is the broccoli so good?!)
Nora Shawarma – 41 Spadina Ave
Stay away from their combos, they are pretty bland in my opinion, but get their $6 Chicken Shawarma sandwich (hold the pickles) instead. It’s fresh, filling, and healthy. Their Chicken Shawarma plate served with a side salad is also tasty too, although it’s on the pricey side at $10.
Other notables include Fusaro’s Kitchen (147 Spadina Ave #108) and Jules (147 Spadina Ave #109) which is next door. They’ve got some great meals although they’re closer to $15-20 for each which is out of my work lunch budget unless you go for the smaller items like sandwiches.